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The Prince and the Pauper: What is the Most Impoverished State in the US?

12:13 pm   July 11, 2018

A scathing UN report released in June 2018 condemned the U.S. for its economic imbalances, claiming the “United States is a land of stark contrasts” and “its immense wealth and expertise stand in shocking contrast with the conditions in which vast numbers of its citizens live.”

The United States has the highest rate of income inequality among Western countries, according to the World Income Inequality Database.

The California city Stockton with a population of 300,000, which was once known as America's foreclosure capital, has recently fallen on hard times, with 1-in-4 residents living below the poverty line and the median household income at nearly $8,000 lower than the national median, Fox News says.

According to United States Census Bureau study, about 40 million people in the  U.S. live in poverty, 18.5 million in extreme poverty, and 5.3 million live in Third World conditions of absolute poverty.

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